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the creatures alluded to by jackson. thank you. [applause] >> maybe we can respond to that question. maybe one of the general managers? >> i think that i would be happy to have the city attorney try to. the puc is set up under the charter. building facilities are under the jurisdiction of the puc. the southeast historic community association is set up by the board of supervisors, not by the charter or the people of san francisco. as such it was set up specifically as an advisory commission. all of the words in the entire ordinan
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>> so, certainly we work closely with the southeast community but one is a charter commission and one is a commission by ordinance and the charter authority rests things like facilities with the p.u.c. that is why we support this facility and why we also pay for much of the funds to run it. one of the items in the same ordinance talks about any surplus funds being available to this commission to use. any of our search there's never been surplus funds. if you look at the current year budget the rent is a little under $500,000 and expenses over $800,000 so the p.u.c. subsidizes the annual operation and pays for virtually ail the large capital expenses. without the p.u.c. involvement there would be no funds to take care of this facility in the way it is taken care of.
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i'm not saying it is taken care of the way we want but the extent is because the p.u.c. subsidy which wouldn't be available if we didn't own the building. >> i think that is very helpful on my part to have clarity and understanding on the relationship. maybe if we could have a discussion on the way to better coordinate together and whether it is making sure that we get a regular presentation at our p.u.c. meetings from the southeast facility commission so that the advice and input you are getting from the community is getting back to the p.u.c., or even to say that every year for sure at said months we will have joint meetings to make sure we are able to collaborate better. because i think that advisory role is really important and critical for us to hear the issues that the community is concerned about and take action
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and do things about it. maybe we will take the presentation now and afterwards receive more public comment. >> commissioners, the general manager of the p.u.c. we wanted to come tonight because of this historic relationship we have been talking about. i think that all of us would say that the p.u.c. has not been as involved in a positive way as we would like to have been involved in this facility. there have been years when it seems to have had very little input from the p. krufplt. and -- p.u.c. and one reason we are here is we want to change that and use the funds available to us and change how this can work for the people of san francisco, particularly people in bayview. we are here to give you some ideas. we have heard some people and bring that back to you and hear your ideas. but it is a reengagement in some ways where there were years
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where we were not here and we do believe it is our responsibility to be here to be part of the community and be part of this facility and to really make it a place that everyone wants to come and has a variety of services that revitalizes what is going on here. that is why we are here. also, again, we are not here to tell you what we want. we are here because we have been listening for a while and we want to get more input so that we can work with you to really program this place to make it the best place all of us collectively can make it. with that go ahead. >> again, thank you for your patience. i know a lot of people were here for this agenda item so i appreciate that there are still people in the room. july yet, assistant general manager at the p.u.c. the purpose of the presentation is to for our commissioners of which we have some new
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commissioners on the public utilities commission is to give an overview and some history with regard to this facility to share with the entire commission and community the work that we have been doing as we thought about reprogramming for this facility and then talk about next steps, et cetera. before this presentation begins i think it is important both to thank the southeast facilities commission. we had a chance it meet with all of -- chance to meet with all of them and had extended invitations and met with all of them but one of you and many several times. i want to thank the community members in he is pin noel will particularly and as somebody who has done community work for not anywhere as long as you but looking at the document you just passed out like 1969. ã9qj? arçj÷ born in 1969. but i appreciate the history that we have been able to get from different community members. as we go through the power point
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what i would ask is i should go through it and take questions at the end. but where there are errors, it is the errors based on not the best information, it is not intentional and we tried to get as we could at hundreds of meetings trying to get the information correct. so, forgive us where there are errors. i will start with the presentation. as far as background on the southeast community facility, this slide says the community effort was begun in the late 1970's. let's start with late 1960's. when you talk this effort was an effort unlike others in that it was led by the community and the community was able to secure the resources at the state and federal level for most of the money required for the facility and it was part of the expansion
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of the facility and in the context of members saying we have been disproportionately impacted and we don't want another facility in our community so it was built led by the community as part of that hit -- around the mitigation of the expansion of the plant. as we talked about what was promised we often brodie -- broad stroked in that it was supposed to be focused on jobs and education and we have gone back to the mitigation agreement and you look at it and it was much more comprehensive than those four categories and it explains a lot as to why you see certain programs happening in this building. so, this talks about the mitigation and was to foster employment, job scope, education, day care, services for senior citizens, economic prosperity, health, safety, welfare. so, if you experience who is in
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the building and see the head start program that provides day care it is on the ground floor and has been here many years, the sewing class people talked about in numerous meetings that has been dislocated with a program that a lot of seniors had access and really enjoyed. so as you hear what we are talking about with regard to future programming we have gone back to the mitigation agreement and connected those dots. as our general manager said the p.u.c. owns the facility and that means we are responsible, reliable, we put money in and the hope is we don't get stuck on the dynamic of who owns the building. i think that the truth is we want to collaborate with the southeast community facility commission and community members as we think about the maintenance, upkeep and how to make the building vibrant with
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what everybody was hoping would happen. the next slide. 9 consensus from much is this is not living up to what was promised and i think that whether it is with regard to the programming and being a place people are using and finding a resource or esthetically what is happening in the building. our commission adopted a community benefits policy in january that really provides a framework as we thought about what is the impact the p.u.c. is having in maybe hunters point where we have the sewer plant and the intention about wanting to be a good neighbor which provides the frame of hour we have been thinking of what is our responsibility as far as a partner as you think of the southeast facility. the other piece that was part of the community benefit policy is for many folks in this room you were at the meeting in 2009 when the public utilities commission
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was here and we adopted the environmental justice policy. that policy sets the framework as we think of the improvement program, as you think of disproportionate impact and what our relationship needs to be with this community. the third piece of context you think of as we have been thinking about, the rejuvenation of the center, is the fact that the sewer system improvement program is coming to san francisco and a lot of the impact will be here in bayview hunters point and of the $6 billion proposed to rebuild the sewer system $3 billion will be next door as we look at upgrading that facility. next slide. as part of the process to get fe feedback and input with regard to how the facility is being utilized we have embarked on a very extensive engagement process to hear from the community. in one of the early meetings what we heard from one of the folks in the meeting is we told
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you what we wanted and we told you probably 30 years ago, 25 years ago, as part of the mitigation there was a lot of feedback that we need to go back to the mitigation agreement because people spent a hrlot ofe talking about it. so that was the first step. in addition we have done over 100 interviews and meetings. we have met with community leaders, met with city college staff people, city college board members and the southeast commission facility members, commissioners. we have done focus groups with young people. several of them did focus groups with elders and favorite based organizations. we distributed and got surveys back and have done interviews and meetings of all the current and proposed future tenants. we have worked with consultants who are here today. davis and associates, mary, hope
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rose and this outreach to make sure folks knew the meeting was happening and it was going to be on the agenda. the next slide talks about what we heard. many of them will not be a surprise. one is the facility is underutilized. if you come into the space and we have been spending hours popping into the space, and it is underutilized. there is a lack of information on programs and services. many said they don't know -- they have no idea what is going on in the building. there is a desire from many that we talked to in the spirit that this was supposed to be an educational facility and they want access to other city college campuses and understanding this can't be as robust, can't be the only place where educational opportunities are taking place and they need access to other campuses. employment services came up in almost every conversation so local jobs, jobs for young people and people that have not
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been working and people are interested in the construction that will be available and interested in how are we thinking about jobs as we think about this building around hiring local to staff the building. any time there is an opportunity thinking of the jobs piece. this came up that was somewhat of a surprise which is the need for safe on-site parking. many say they don't use the space because parking is an issue. on the job workforce training was mentioned by several including some of the southeast commissi commissione commissioners. and the need for us to provide on the job workforce training. career counseling and access to the computer centers so if you walk around the buildings there are several computer centers but you need to be a city college student to access them so that is an issue. creation of a contract assistance center. previous comments tonight have
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talked about the fact that smaller contractors have been locked out of being able to bid on p.u.c. work and wanting ability for us to put resources to build the capacity of smaller contractors to be able to bid on p.u.c. work. increase in arts and cultural activities by young people has been brought up. support for community gardening as it relates to greenhouses and surrounding space and safety ca came up for almost everyone ranged from what people thought solutions were. but it was an issue that was raised. next slide is around the community. the general manager harrington described it right on point as, i think, from a p.u.c. standpoint the intent and desire is there to really partner with the community and partner with the southeast community, southeast community facility commission, on ensuring that the building lives up to the
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potential that was described in the mitigation and other documents, landing documents. -- planning documents. as we have gotten feedback we have thought through different criteria as it relates to this facility and things that would help us become more consistent with what was promised in the mitigation agreement. so, one criteria is having the center go back to be focused on programs that foster jobs, education, healthy, safety, welfare and honing in on those pieces. the other pieces are what you observe in the piece. everybody is saying they want the space to be vibrant and be a community space and be dynamic. it needs to have high foot traffic so you can come here and be here for hours and won't run into anything so we have to think through the programming that we will propose that enshraours there is a -- ensures there is a lot of foot traffic and it speaks to the last criteria is trying to work to make sure there is synergy among the tenants so you can imagine a city college student being able
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to get other support and talk to job training groups and that type of relationship. the last criterion is really looking at a phased approach that builds on each improvement. so some of the conversations people have asked is how long will it take? is it two years that it will take to implement the plan to revitalize the space? i think all of us know that would be too long. so part of the approach we are trying to think through and want feedback from succeed it would be phased approached and there would be improvements that are hang esthetic and functional, building improvements and different tenants coming in and, for example, city college in their class offerings that wouldn't have us waiting a long period of time for the changes to take place. the next slide talks about, describes the approach we have been taking as we go through the process. one is looking at programmatic
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and second is building and infrastructure improvements. around programmatic improvements the focus is realizing the praoeurtsz articulate -- priorities articulated by the community and leveraging between the programs and tenants so there needs to be a relationship between the different tenants that would be in the space and we need high foot traffic and there needs to be a commitment around building a sense of community in the building and ownership of that and we have a commitment around the local workforce. so, as you look and hear as we talk about some of changes we are proposing there is a local workfor workforce component in everything we are looking at. around the building and infrastructural improvements there's been some short-term improvements that many of you have observed around painting and fixing elevators and landscaping. then there is long stormy esthetic and functional improvements that need to happen to make it more usable. the next slide lists who the
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existing tenants and programs are. so, city college, human services agency, head start program. renaissance for success. hunters point project area committ committee. we have southeast community facilities staff as well as greenhouses. as a little piece of information all of the tenants are on a month-to-month lease and that has been the situation for a while as this has been under way with regard to thinking of the pobts possibilities for the space. people ask how much space is being lease bid whom. the tphebnext slide provides information on that. you see the first pie chart it shows city college leases 89% from the p.u. krfpc. head start baby pack are the rest.
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city college leases almost 30% to h.s.a. and 2% to renaissance. the greenhouses next door that were part of the original agreement represent almost three acres of space. this slide describes the conversations and dialogues we have been in since december with city college. for the southeast commissioners you will remember you had city college give an update to you and we met with them shortly after and that was it december, i think, that we met with them and they were definitely ready to have a conversation about what is working and what is not working with regard to their class offering here at this campus. so, i think that the vice chancellor jorge bell is here and he will make some comments
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at the end. we met with everyone from the vice chancellor who has been our main point of contact in that he has been able to bring the deans from the different schools into the conversation with us as we thought about going back to focus on job readiness, what type of classes and course work are appropriate for the community. is it two-year programs or eight weeks and more certificate based programs that result in people getting jobs? i know that there's been a rocky relationship from the p.u.c. in the building and rocky relationship with city college in the building. but our conversations with them since january they have been very great to work with and extremely transparent, showing us enrollment records of the course offerings where you can see which classes have high demand and which classes do not. and they have been honest to have conversations that you are offering six classes with three people enrolled and you have waiting lists around child development and in the nursing program and e.s.o.
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so they had been -- they have been a great partner and i appreciate there are willingness to roll up their sleeves and think differently about what is going to make it work for the space. so, the conversations have resulted in us moving into this direction where they are proposing that beginning in january they would begin to have here at this facility a missions counselor, an enrollment support person, a financial aid staff person so that individuals that come into the facility could get the services to talk to a counselor and talk about enrollment and financial aid. and they said nobody should be turned away from city college because they don't have financial resources in trying to make sure the support and information is there and people are not disincentivized to access city college. they have agreed to focus on the highest demand classes so you will see a change come january where it will be more focused on
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what people say they are using and what they heard in the survey in regard to wanting a more robust nursing program, et cetera. classes will be shorter term and focus on vocational and they agreed to have greater access beyond the students to the computer labs to the library, et cetera, and even with the classrooms the conversations have been around our commitment that we need more foot traffic in the building. so, talking with them to get a sense of what are their space needs so if you are not using classrooms we will have others use them so you don't have big five hour blocks where there is flog happening with a classroom. the next slide talks about some of the deans that have been at the table. they include the administration of justice department and fire science that trains people to be e.m.t.'s, firefighters, et cetera. child development department, curl narrow arts and hospitality dean.
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english as a second language has been deep in conversation. horticulture department having access to greenhouses as they think of what could be happening. design and merchandising, labor and community studies program. vocational nursing and small pwebusiness center dean. so, it has been numerous meetings and it is not just on paper. we met with them again yesterday and they are trying to get a better sense of when they can roll this out, how much space will they need. what are the commitments, et cetera. the additional changes we have been in conversation with city college about are that wae are thinking that the publi utilities commission will take over all custodial and security for the building. right now city college is responsible for the custodial for 89% of the building and security. and it is super expensive and they are facing their own
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financial shortfalls based on the state. and the inability for the p.u.c. als the owner to -- as the owner to quality control and if we take that on it helps the city college but allows us to take control of whatever is happening in the building and hire local firms as we think about those pieces of work. around the security piece, we met with the police chief. he was not the police chief when we met him but to talk about security in the area and opportunities to think through a collaboration both with the police department, shiver's department -- sheriff's department and hiring local security to get through the security issues. some of it is people power, a situation where we need more people in the building that are doing security. the other piece as we talk about building improvements some esthetic improvements will help us deal with security issues. the hrlast piece of this with cy
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hall as far as the partnership -- and this is based on what we heard from the community -- wanting access to other city college campuses. so we are in conversations about providing free shuttle service from bayview hunters point that with hit the other campuses and we would provide that that would hit the mission campus, main campus so people would have access in a safe way. the other additional partners and programs and services we have been thinking through, one of the potential partners is the charter school. it is a school that was started out of the sheriff's department and provides g.e.d. support, high school diplomacy, e.s.o. and it would be able to partner with city college and be able to provide students that come through joint credits so you can
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get city college credit and high school credit at the same time. we did one of the first tours at the building in the new year, in january, and as we were walking through the building and went in to talk to the folks at renaissance for success, one of the people was a graduate of the charter school and we were like that is what you hope, you run into people that can vouch for the program. so, the school is now being housed at the bayview ymca and they are at full capacity at the ymca so the idea is they would be one of the anchors. hunters point family services does job development and training. they are going to be the vendor at the grocery store fresh and easy and we have been in conversations with them about coming in to the building and acting as a possible vendor as far as thinking about a cafe or space in the building.
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the san francisco public utilities contractor assistance center is a program that has been in the works for a year under the leadership of many peop people. and again this contract assistance pursuit has been of late and will help build the capacity of smaller contractors to build on p.u.c. and other city work and also be a position that works with our contracting department at p.u.c. to see how you make contracts and make them for attractive to smaller contractors to bid on our work. so, that will be housed here at the southeast facility. we are in conversations with young community developers. they are also a job training organization in the community a long time and we are looking at the synergy of other folks in the building. we have a social enterprise organization that has been in
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conversations looking at possible partnerships with the green house folks. so, thinking around a job strategy as it relates to the greenhouses. a machinist program is another program that was really led by the leadership of wastewater and as the assistant general manager he is seeing there is a growing field around machinists and he has seen models where this has worked and is in conversation with the san francisco school district about a model program that could be housed here. for people that don't spend a lot of time in district 10 you may not understand why the club is on the power point but many in the room probably know why the sewing club is there. we have heard from many members that it was seniors that really had a lot of value around the sewing classes offered by city
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college. so that is one of the programs that we have heard over and over is important to reinstate in the space. the ability to align the arts enrichment dollars with this building. so everything from talking about a rotating gathering that would be in the space that with highlight the art of local artists to doing historical work. so, even espinola's history of the center and we have talked about everything from doing an oral history project, et cetera. the next slide talks about building improvements. there is some tenant and common area improvements that include better kind of landscaping, lighting, windows, doors. if you have a chance and haven't will a chance to walk through, there are things that could be improved in the common areas that are important and help with the security issues as well. we talked about moving the reception desk so it would